Remember that thing I said last week about “extra hours?” I think I’m going to have to take that back. This week grew wings and flew right past me! But hey, who’s complaining? I’m running down the home stretch now – only 6 more days to go!!! <<extended running man dance break>> I am practically overflowing with joy, as I write this post! Not because I will be reunited with my dear sweet friend, Sugar, soon, but because God has truly been blowing my mind lately.
For a few months, I felt this pull towards sobriety. I felt God telling me I needed to grow up; my calling was calling. The fast excited me because everything happening now is preparing me. There is a heightened awareness, and a certain energy that comes with anticipation. Like a child seeing her mother pull out all the ingredients for a cake, I know that soon I will experience something good.
Now I have confidence in the heart of my fast, as opposed to the letter (or the law) of it. I adhere to the discipline that I’ve set, but I know that God is responding to my heart’s cry above all. He delights in me, and He is a delight in me…I tell ya, I’m plumb overcome!
Okay, I’m going to try to wrap this up because I was running errands all day and I am exhausted…
Lately our praise and worship services have been amazing, and yesterday was no different – I danced for about 30 minutes! No more weeble-wobble knee action because yours truly is getting stronger! I felt like running the streets of Forest Park while shouting JESUS! It’s awesome how God is honoring us corporately and individually with His presence as we separate ourselves from fleeting pleasures.
After church, my sister Rachel and I went straight to Starbucks. No shame. It was so good…so great! And you know, God is so good I think He enjoyed it along with me.
Other than that, my days have cleaved to the standard: no meat until after 6pm, no sweets, no bread, and no television. As I said, it’s a routine and not nearly so painful as I imagined it would be. But I will be elated to reunite with the hilarity of Seinfeld. And I have a couple of corny episodes of Psych to catch up on as well.
Until next week:)
This Week’s Scripture:
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
And broke their chains in pieces.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He has broken the gates of bronze,
And cut the bars of iron in two.
–Psalm 107:13-16 (NKJV)